Birtanov has denied the allegations

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Elzhan Birtanov said at a regular court hearing that he did not agree with the charges against him and still did not understand what law he had violated as a civil servant, the national portal Adyrna reported citing Azattyq Ruhy.

The ex-minister was initially suspected of embezzling the state budget, but he was later charged with abuse of office. However, Birtanov considers the accusation unfounded.